Fast Healthy Recipes – Asian Green Bean Stir Fry

If you work all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home is to slave in front of a hot stove to prepare dinner. However, you don’t want to fall to temptation and drive through the take out window for some sub-standard fast food. If you are trying to eat healthy and watching your weight, you want to eat foods that are nutrient rich, giving the most goody for the calories you consume.

The below recipe is great for a quick snack or as an accompaniment to a main entrée. It’s a great complement to chicken, fish, pork or beef.

Asian Green Bean Stir Fry

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 pound green beans, cut 1-inch portions

Pinch of crushed red pepper

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen mixed stir-fry vegetables (thaw if frozen)

1 tablespoon black bean-garlic sauce (found in Asian food section of most large grocery stores)

Directions:

1. In large frying pan heat sesame oil over medium-high heat.

2. Add green beans and crushed red pepper.

3. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until seared, stir often.

4. Add water, cover, reduce heat to medium.

5. Cook 3-6 minutes, stir occasionally, cook longer for tender vegetables.

6. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, add stir-fry vegetables and black bean-garlic sauce.

7. Cook until heated through, stirring often.

8. Dish is ready when the majority of the liquid has evaporated.

Serves approximately 4,1 cup servings.

Health Benefits:

Beans are rich in fiber and protein but also a great source of iron and Vitamin B6. Low in fat and calories, providing antioxidants that protect the heart.